I spent some time working on my server, and home PC today, since I have an unexpected day off from work. I took the time to work on getting as much of my on-line life back to normal as I could. I am still a long ways off from reaching “normal” as I have tweaked so many settings and added hundreds of ad-ons over the last six months. My back-up drive is still sitting here in front of me, as I am waiting for another drive to start the data transfer–damn trouble of dealing with 1TB drives–you need a bigger one to do the transfer with. I should have that done soon, maybe in a week or so, after my next pay cheque. So access to my documents, files and emails are still on hold until that happens.
I have learned some lessons here on dealing with back-ups and encryptions in the Linux world. Like the fact that encryption is nice to have, but it can be your down-fall when your system crashes after an install and upgrade like mine did. Sometimes you are better off to just use local encryption rather than global (system wide) encryption like I did. I am especially thinking that local encryption would be more efficient in the long run when protecting my assets. The sad truth is, encrypted key-rings can be damaged too, leaving you permanently locked out of your drives. Not a situation anyone would want to be in. Thankfully I have access to my data, it will just take time to move my data from the broken drive to another.
For now I will throw Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on this drive that I am using now, and installed what I need to get by. The number one reason why I like Linux so much is all of it is free, so reinstalling software did not cost me a dime, just my time. As for normal, what is normal anyway?